The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music

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From the emergence of plainsong to the end of the fourteenth century, this Companion covers all the key aspects of medieval music. Divided into three main sections, the book first of all discusses repertory, styles and techniques - the key areas of traditional music histories; next taking a topographical view of the subject - from Italy, German-speaking lands, and the Iberian Peninsula; and concludes with chapters on such issues as liturgy, vernacular poetry and reception. Rather than presenting merely a chronological view of the history of medieval music, the volume instead focuses on technical and cultural aspects of the subject. Over nineteen informative chapters, fifteen world-leading scholars give a perspective on the music of the Middle Ages that will serve as a point of orientation for the informed listener and reader, and is a must-have guide for anyone with an interest in listening to and understanding medieval music.
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  • Paperback | 514 pages
  • 172 x 244 x 24mm | 997.9g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 b/w illus. 2 maps 56 music examples
  • 0521608619
  • 9780521608619
  • 530,035

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'5/5 stars: an ambitious and searching exploration of the past.' BBC Music 'This comprehensive, well-conceived and written book must now rank as your first choice. Recommended.' Classical Net ( '... will rightly be received as a vital item on any musician's bookshelf.' Early Music
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Table of contents

Chronology; Introduction Mark Everist; Part I. Repertory, Styles and Techniques: 1. Plainsong Susan Boynton; 2. Enriching the Gregorian heritage Michael McGrade; 3. Early polyphony to c.1200 Sarah Fuller; 4. The thirteenth century Mark Everist; 5. The fourteenth century Elizabeth Eva Leach; Part II. Topography: 6. England Peter Lefferts; 7. Italy to 1300 Marco Gozzi; 8. The trecento Marco Gozzi; 9. The Iberian Peninsula Nicolas Bell; 10. Music east of the Rhine Robert Curry; Part III. Themes, Topics and Trajectories: 11. Music and liturgy Sam Barrett; 12. Vernacular poetry and music Ardis Butterfield; 13. Latin poetry and music Leofranc Holford-Strevens; 14. Compositional trajectories Peter Lefferts; 15. Secular institutions and ecclesiastical foundations Rebecca Baltzer; 16. Theory and notation Dolores Pesce; 17. Music manuscripts Emma Dillon; 18. The geography of medieval music Christopher Page; 19. Reception Lawrence Earp; Bibliography.
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About Mark Everist

Mark Everist is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton.
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